The Ontario Power Authority (OPA) confirmed on December 12 that the new FIT 2.0 rules, forms and contract and the application window is open for Small Feed-in Tariff projects as of December 14th. The Minister of Energy has given two directives (November 23rd and December 11th 2012) that have altered the requirements so applicants must ensure they are using version 2.1.
Tuesday December 18th – a webinar is available to hear a review of the changes and have questions answered (visit FIT site at http://fit.powerauthority.on.ca).
Pre-existing FIT applicants with Small FIT projects (formerly CAE applicants) maintain their original time stamp if they submit an eligible revised application for consideration under the updated FIT program.
Also, the Community Energy Partnership Program (CEPP) 2.0 guidelines have been posted and the new rules and application forms for funding of up to $500,000 are expected.
The CEPP is designed to provide funding for communities to develop renewable energy generation facilities. The program assists qualifying communities in paying for a portion of the project costs associated with developing a renewable energy project. These costs include resource assessments, legal services, engineering designs and regulatory approvals. Visit http://www.communityenergyprogram.ca/Home.aspx.
CEPP funding is available for two streams of project development:
1. Organizational Development Stream: 80 percent of actual costs up to $20,000 for the first project.
2. Development & Approvals Stream: 50 percent of actual costs up to $500,000 per project, less any previous CEPP funding.